Issues with swallowing and feeding affect people of all ages and can have a significant impact on a person’s social, emotional and physical well-being. Speech-language pathologists — with their extensive knowledge of the anatomy involved in swallowing and speaking — are integral to supporting people with swallowing and feeding disorders.
Dysphagia (dis-fay-juh), the medical term for a swallowing disorder. Over half of residents in long-term care have dysphasia and between 3 and 10% of all children have feeding problems, which may or may not include dysphasia.
SAC recently launched a new position paper on swallowing and feeding disorders across the lifespan to assist our speech-language pathology members in advocating to work to their full scope of practice. Read it here.
Other SAC Resources:
- Dysphagia Poster and Information Sheet
- SAC Position Statement: The Role of Speech-Language Pathologists in Dysphagia
- Communique Article: Dysphagia Assessment and Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned from the Transition to Telepractice
Recent SAC PD on Dysphagia: